State ANILCA Coordination
Documents for Review
BLM Eastern Interior Resource Management Plan - DEIS
The Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management has published a Notice of Availability of a Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Eastern Interior Planning Area in Alaska. Documents can be downloaded from the project website. NOTE: BLM announced July 3 it would release a supplement to the EIS and extend the comment period for the RMP/EIS past the previous deadline of July 30, 2012. The Supplement will amend Alternative D of the Draft RMP/EIS to address hardrock mineral leasing in the White Mountains National Recreation Area, and will be available for a minimum 90-day public comment period. The BLM will continue to accept comments on the Draft RMP/EIS during this 90-day comment period. The availability of the Supplement and the closing date for the extended comment period will be published in the Federal Register and on the BLM Eastern Interior RMP Home Page through www.blm.gov/ak when the Supplement is released for public comment.
Forest Service - Tongass National Forest Sustainable Cabin Management Program
The Tongass National Forest plans to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Forest Sustainable Cabin Management Program, including a proposal to remove nine public recreation cabins and convert three to shelters due to poor condition, low use, and funding. The twelve cabins are on Admiralty National Monument (ANM), and Ketchikan-Misty (KMRD), Petersburg (PRD), Sitka (SRD), Wrangell (WRD), Thorne Bay (TBRD), and Yakutat (YRD) Ranger Districts. The public review scoping document and further information is available at the project website. Comments are due to FS November 13, 2012.
NPS - Huna Tribal House Environmental Assessment, Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
The National Park Service is proposing to construct a 3,500 square foot Tlingit tribal house near Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. An Environmental Assessment (EA) is available for public review at the project website. Comments are due to NPS November 19, 2012.
NPS - Serpentine Hot Springs Area Master Plan, Alternatives Newsletter - BELA
The National Park Service has undertaken a planning process for the Serpentine Hot Springs area of the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve. A Master Plan will update the long-range vision for facilities, as well as provide direction and framework for managing the Serpentine Hot Springs area. A newsletter presenting draft alternatives for the master plan is available for comment at the project website. Comments are due to NPS November 30, 2012.
FAA - Kodiak Airport Runway Safety Area Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for Runway Safety Area Improvements at Kodiak Airport for public review and comment. The proposed airport improvements would be completed during the 2014-2015 time period and, depending on the alternatives implemented, may result in temporary and long-term impacts to the marine environment and wildlife (including species protected under the Endangered Species Act); water quality; wetlands; historical, architectural, archaeological, and cultural resources; terrestrial wildlife and vegetation; socioeconomic; subsistence; environmental justice; and Section 4(f) resources, which include the Alaska National Maritime Wildlife Refuge, and Buskin State Recreation Site. Public review documents may be downloaded from the project website. Comments are due to FAA December 18, 2012.